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Plarn: Plarn Creations and Plarn Instructions

Upcycle plastic grocery bags into new plarn creations.

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Did you know that it takes a grocery bag more than 1000 years to decompose in a landfill? Instead of trashing those bags, you can make 'plarn' to turn them into reusable totes and futuristic jewelry.

Check out these styles from plarn stitchers and learn how to make your own plarn at home.

1. Plarn Recycled Fashion by Arny

Plarn Necklaces
Arny
Arny makes a variety of jewelry and hats from plarn. Arny's plarn fashions are some of the most stylish I have seen, especially the signature necklaces.

2. Plarn Bags and Purses by Deb

Crochet Plarn Purse
Deb's Crochet
Deb makes these cool bags from that would be great for everyday grocery trips.

3. Plarn Bracelets and Jewelry by Fantastic Plastics

Plarn Bracelet
Fantastic Plastic
Christina creates funky style from 'plarn', a plastic yarn made out of grocery bags that would otherwise end up in a landfill. My favorites are her cuffs and wristbands, but Christina also make a great variety of plarn necklaces and bags.

4. How to Make Plarn

Make Plarn
Rain Blanken
Learn how to make your own plarn for crochet and knitting projects. Plarn is easy to make and it is a simple way to recycle those plastic bags.

5. Crochet and Knit Patterns for Plarn

Plarn Granny Square
Rain Blanken
Once you've made some plarn, you'll need a few choice patterns for crochet and knit projects like the one I used to make this plarn granny square. Here are some great accessory and jewelry projects from our About.com Guides to Knitting and Crochet.

6. Make Fused Plastic Instead

Fused Plastic
Rain Blanken
Don't crochet or knit? Instead of making plarn, try fusing together plastic bags to make a sewing material. Learn how to fuse plastic bags and see examples of fused plastic purses, hats and more.

7. More Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

Forever 21 Fused Plastic Hat
Tracie of RadicalRecycks
Let's face it. Right now there's nothing more fashionable than recycling. You can work the green trend into your wardrobe while saving the planet with these clever ways to reuse plastic bags.

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